Action Alert


The Adrian Dominican Sisters have long been engaged, individually and communally, in efforts to protect the integrity of creation and bring about a more just, peaceful and compassionate world. The Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation coordinates these efforts by bringing to light injustices and recommending ways to take action.


Action Alert

Dream Act 2017



NOW is the time to bring the Dream Act 2017 to the floor of the House for a vote. Dreamers deserve it. We must demand it.

Please call your Republican Representative today and every day until we get a vote. Urge her/him to do the right thing. If she/he supports Dreamers, then it’s time to step up and take action. Call your U.S. Representative at 202-224-3121 TODAY and EVERYDAY!

The message is simple:
"I'm your constituent from [City, State]. I support Dreamers and strongly oppose President Trump's decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. I urge you to sign the House discharge petition and  bring the Dream Act of 2017 to the floor for a vote. If you support Dreamers, calling for a vote is the best way to help them."

OR write to your local congressmen. Click here for a downloadable postcard.

To find out more about the Discharge Petition click here.

 


Defending Temporary Protected Status [via Interfaith Immigration Coalition]


The Trump Administration is threatening to deport up 330,000 people from 10 countries who have been in this country for as many as 7 years through a program known as Temporary Protected Status. To find out more about Temporary Protected Status, watch this video.

After the devastating earthquake in Haiti, many Haitians were granted TPS by the Obama Administration. This past July, TPS for Haitians was about to expire.  Due to Hurricane Matthew that struck Haiti last year, they have been given a 6-month extension.  This will expire in January 2018.

What is needed now is a path forward – one that starts by keeping TPS protections intact and extending all TPS protections for at least 18 months, and/or for as long as the dangerous conditions in Haiti and other countries continue. Watch this video of a 10-year-old girl who is seeking the extension of TPS for her Haitian people.  

Here’s what you can do:

  • Learn more about TPS.

  • Tell Congress to Support TPS Holders and #SaveTPS! Please call your two Senators and Representative at (202) 224-3121.

Here is a sample script:

“I’m your constituent from [City, State]. I stand in solidarity with my immigrant neighbors, support Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and strongly oppose any attempt to terminate or curtail the program. TPS is designed to protect people from being returned to harm and is extended based on country conditions. There are about 330,000 people from 10 different countries who through TPS are currently pursuing their dreams and raising families in safety. Some have been here for many years, and more than 70% have a U.S. citizen sibling, spouse, or child. Tearing apart families is wrong.
I urge [the Senator/Representative] to do everything they can to ensure that the administration extends TPS for all ten countries for at least another 18 months, issue a public statement declaring support for all TPS holders, and support legislation that would ensure stability for TPS recipients who have lived here.”

 

 


Share the Journey


Caritas Internationalis has created the “Share the Journey Campaign.” ⬅️Click the link for educational resources, activities, reflections, and more!

“Share the Journey has at its heart the vision of a united global human family. The focus is on our joint journey as people on the move in departure, transit, and host communities.”  

Pope  Francis launched this campaign on September 27th and he has invited everyone around the world to “Share the Journey.” Click here to see the Pope’s Address in St. Peter’s Square.

Join the campaign by praying the Global Migration Prayer with people around the world. 

This campaign will continue until September, 2019. We will have continuous up dates and actions over the course of these next two years.

 

 


Make Sustainable Choices - Energy Saving Actions



Check with your gas and electric companies to see if they offer an option to choose an alternative renewable energy source. In the United States, 50 percent of consumers have the option to purchase renewable electricity, either directly from their utility company, from an independent clean power generator, or through renewable energy certificates. Visit https://energy.gov/energysaver/buying-clean-electricity to learn more about this option.

Here are some tips to save energy on a daily basis: 

  • Turn off the lights every time you leave a room. Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent or LED lights. Watch this video on lighting choices to see how to save more money and energy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lP_KcsVtng0
  • Lower the thermostat. In the summer, the closer the temperature is on the thermostat to the temperature outside, the less the air conditioner has to work. The ideal temperature for your thermostat setting is 78 degrees Fahrenheit. In the winter, it shouldn't be set above 68 degrees in order to maximize savings.  For more information regarding saving energy tips go to:
    https://energy.gov/energysaver/spring-and-summer-energy-saving-tips
  • Use small electric pans, toaster ovens, or convection ovens for small meals rather than the stove or oven. A toaster or convection oven uses one-third to one-half as much energy as a full-sized oven.

 

 


 

Respect for Life Month


 

October is “Respect Life Month” and at the Catholic Mobilizing Network, this is a  time to raise up the pro-life teachings of our Church and amplify our collective efforts to end the use of the death penalty. 

  • If you have not already done so, take the pledge to end the death penalty. 

  • Oppose executions by joining CMN’s “Mercy in Action” Project. This initiative gives people the information and tools to directly contact governors and demand that they stop upcoming executions. Thanks to the pledge, more people than ever are calling for life, and two recent executions have been halted. This advocacy works!

 


U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking


U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking is a collaborative, faith-based national network that offers education, supports access to survivor services, and engages in advocacy in an effort to eradicate modern-day slavery.”

Choose one of the education modules for learning new facts and information about Human Trafficking:

Watch a video:

 


Beyond 100 Days of Prayer



Beyond 100 Days of Prayer is created by the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Interest Group of the U.S. Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph

Use this resource to engage positively with others and pray for those at risk from government policy choices.

 


Abolish Nuclear Weapons

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a coalition of non-governmental organizations in one hundred countries promoting adherence to and implementation of the United Nations nuclear weapon ban treaty. This landmark global agreement was adopted in New York on July 7, 2017.

Throughout the negotiating process, ICAN worked alongside governments to achieve the strongest, most effective treaty possible. Around two-thirds of the world’s nations voted in favor of adopting the agreement. ICAN is focused now on persuading nations to sign and ratify it, and then to work for its full implementation.

Read the facts about nuclear weapons.

Watch ICAN's video.